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A Few Things to Know About Structured Settlements from Lawsuits

May 2, 2008
A settlement is a large amount of money that you will be paid from winning a lawsuit. There are two types of settlements: out-of-court whereby the money is offered to you rather than continuing on with the lawsuit or a settlement awarded by the courts.

Large settlements such as wrongful death and injury suits could also result in large payouts. Usually these large settlements will not be paid out all at once. Most times the amount of the settlement is paid over a few years in small monthly payments.

As a result, the person who is expecting a large sum of money to come to him or her will have to manage with a small check in the mail every month. So if you have planned any large expenses or instalments on the basis of your winnings, you might not be able to implement them owing to the size of your monthly instalment check.

There are many companies that will offer you help in a situation like this. They will offer you a large amount in cash in return for the right to your monthly structured settlement instalment. You get a large sum of money so that you can put your big plans in action. It is like taking a loan, without having to pay it off, because the monthly check from the settlement is paying your loan off for you.

In a way, you already have the right to that money. The company that is making that structured settlement already owes you the money, which means that they owe you a debt, or in other words, you have lent them the money, and they are returning it to you in interest free instalments. So you are not getting any additional income from the money that is already yours.

Now that a company has purchased your settlement offer you will receive the entire sum of money at once. You may consider investing the money to generate additional income from the interest. It is definitely a better option than waiting each month to receive your monthly structured settlement.

Another option is a payment plan from the company who has purchased your settlement offer in case you don't want one large check. There are a lot of options for to choose from. You can receive a large amount of money at once, put an amount down on an existing loan or mortgage or receive larger payments in a shorter time span.

You can get assistance by contacting the Customer Service Department. They will review the terms of your settlement and provide you with information and all the options available to you. Each settlement is different as are the choices people make to receive their settlement.
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